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maik1988

Thanks for that @ Cgrau! That's a very nice repro. It's a repro right, the one in the first picture? Those pieces have a lot of character!

cgrau
maik1988 wrote:

Thanks for that @ Cgrau! That's a very nice repro. It's a repro right, the one in the first picture? Those pieces have a lot of character!

You're very welcome. It is a reproduction, made by Yuri Kunetsov, Traces of Time on Etsy. I provided him source material. It's really the most detailed and best conceived version of the ubiquitous Soviet GM set. Yuri is one of a handful of Ukrainian and Russian Etsy artisans who both market antique and vintage sets as well as reproduce them.

Apologies for going off topic. I have photos of a recent acquisition from Official Staunton, their Megamouth set.

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TheJackalC4

I recieved this set 2-3 weeks ago.  Posted some pics in another thread also.  I only had 4 "luxury sets" including 2 from HoS. This one is easily my favorite. But to be fair it's also my most expensive set. 1849 Antiqued 4.4" 

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Rsava

Beautiful set @TheJackalC4.

Looks very nice on the board also. 

TheJackalC4
Rsava wrote:

Beautiful set @TheJackalC4.

Looks very nice on the board also. 

Thank you, I have an MTM Woods Board coming in so didn't get the board set combo which I kind of regret. Depending on how much space the MTM board takes up I might buy this HoS board to go with this set.

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Heather_Stephens

Wow! Why would anyone pay that much for a chess set? It's only a chess set. 

Anyways, as someone who lives in London, I regularly walk past the Strand Hotel near Trafalgar Square and it has Staunton chess pieces all over the entrance. It must be on Google street view. I don't know why.

lighthouse
Heather_Stephens wrote:

Wow! Why would anyone pay that much for a chess set? It's only a chess set. 

Anyways, as someone who lives in London, I regularly walk past the Strand Hotel near Trafalgar Square and it has Staunton chess pieces all over the entrance. It must be on Google street view. I don't know why.

Heather .

Bit of History here !

Simpson's and chess

Chess memorabilia in the Grand Divan, 100 Strand

Just as Wimbledon is considered the home of tennis and Lord's the home of cricket, Simpson's could, in the 19th century, justifiably claim the equivalent title for chess. Almost all the top players of the century played there at some stage, including Wilhelm Steinitz, Paul Morphy, Emanuel Lasker, Johannes Zukertort (who had a fatal stroke while playing there), and Siegbert Tarrasch.[30] It was in Simpson's in 1851 that one of the world's great games, the famous "Immortal Game", was played between Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky.[31] When the refurbished Simpson's reopened under its new management in 1904, chess was no longer the principal feature.[32] According to The Times, this alone was sufficient to shift the centre of the chess world away from London permanently, with similar clubs in Vienna and Berlin filling its role.

Chess reappeared at Simpson's in 1980, when the finals of the National Chess Club Championship were held there.[33] In September 2003 a small tournament was held at the restaurant to celebrate the 175th anniversary of chess on the site. The tournament was named after the unofficial world champion, during the 1840s and 50s, Howard Staunton, who had played at Simpson's.[34][35] This sparked a series of such contests that continued annually until 2009. By 2006, the fourth Staunton Memorial was declared the strongest London all-play-all tournament since 1986, with high calibre grandmasters such as Michael Adams, Ivan Sokolov and Jan Timman competing.[36]

In its Day these's chess set where never cheap .

This is what people pay for a remake of Kinds ?

Hope this helps .

GM4-U

Hi Guys!! 

Just like to share our latest innovation of antique distressed club worn set! here you see the technique applied to our JJ Cooke knight. And we are currently offering free worldwide shipping 

 

GM4-U

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MySeTH

The most accurate Staunton replica i ever saw!!!

Very very good idea/work you have here Carl.

GM4-U
MySeTH wrote:

The most accurate Staunton replica i ever saw!!!

Very very good idea/work you have here Carl.

Thank you! 

MySeTH
GM4-U wrote:
MySeTH wrote:

The most accurate Staunton replica i ever saw!!!

Very very good idea/work you have here Carl.

Thank you! 

You are welcome.

GM4-U

this is pretty accurate IMO 

https://www.officialstaunton.com/collections/luxury-chess-pieces/products/cooke-morphy-1849-4-4-king-edition-dark-antique-natural-ebony

 

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magictwanger

I did business with Official Staunton last Christmas Day....All I can say is these are some of the finest folks I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with!

Minarima

For comparison this is the ebony knight from Jaques' official 1849 repro:

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liml
Carl, any chance of reproducing a BCC?